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California Vegetables
California Vegetables
Annual and perennial plants grown as vegetables, for California gardens.
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California Flowering Perennials
California Flowering Perennials
Flowering plants that live for two or more years and are grown primarily for blooms and beauty, for California gardens.
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California Fruit Trees, Citrus
California Fruit Trees, Citrus
Trees and shrubs in the genus Citrus and closely related genera that produce edible fruit, for California gardens.
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California Herbs and Spices
California Herbs and Spices
Edible or useful annual and perennial plants, for California gardens. Plants are generally considered "herbs" when the leaves or green parts are used for flavoring or other purposes. "Spices" are derived from other parts of plants, such as seeds, fruits, roots, and bark.
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The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Thyme Species Used for Cooking
The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Thyme Species Used for Cooking

Thyme is a small group of perennials with tiny leaves and masses of small flowers. The majority of thyme species used for cooking are small, fairly upright plants. Thyme species popular for use as ground covers typically grow in a flat, spreading form. Species that are used as ground covers often have less desirable flavors […]

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The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Mint Species
The GardenZeus Quick and Easy Guide to Mint Species

Numerous species of the genus Mentha are  appropriate for use as a culinary herb, with an array of fruity, spicy, or subtly floral flavors.  Some varieties have unusually colored leaves, including light yellow or variegated. When choosing mint, select a species that suits your culinary needs as well as your visual preference. Many varieties are […]

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GardenZeus Quick Tips: Problems and Non-Problems with Chard
GardenZeus Quick Tips: Problems and Non-Problems with Chard

Chard is a relatively easy vegetable that offers abundant yields, and is one of the most consistently productive greens during warm weather. A potentially long-lived biennial, especially in seasonally mild areas of California, some varieties of chard can be harvested continually for 1 to 2 years after reaching maturity and before bolting. Chard is grown […]

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GardenZeus Quick Tips: Growing Winter Zucchini in Mild California Areas
GardenZeus Quick Tips: Growing Winter Zucchini in Mild California Areas

Zucchini is an annual, warm-season vegetable in the Cucurbitaceae family grown in most areas from spring through summer. Advanced gardeners who have had consistent success growing zucchini over summer can consider growing zucchini from late summer through to spring in warm winter areas without frost, such as along the Southern California coast. Zucchini but may […]

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GardenZeus Recommendations for Edible Sage
GardenZeus Recommendations for Edible Sage

The discerning gardener can choose from a variety of sage plants based on appearance, suitability for a given microclimate, and flavor. Salvia officinalis, or common sage, is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae and the genus, salvia. Many think all salvias are drought tolerant, but the salvia genus includes many perennials that require significant […]

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